Zahana

Zahana in Madagascar is dedicated to participatory rural development, education, revitalization of traditional Malagasy medicine, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture. It is Zahana's philosophy that participatory development must be based on local needs and solutions proposed by local people. It means asking communities what they need and working with them collaboratively so they can achieve their goals. Each community's own needs are unique and require a tailor -made response
Dec 29, 2014

Thank you from Santa from our school in Fiarenana

Thank you from Fiarenana in Madagascar
Thank you from Fiarenana in Madagascar

We got these great photos with the Christmas trees in our schools in Fiarenana. We have so many beautiful pictures, it is hard to choose just six. We let them speak for themselves.

Since 2006 Santa has been visiting our schools in rural Madagascar. This year he brought gifts with him of cookies, sweets, bread and clothes. About half of the lucky ones also got a doll or a toy car. And yes, Santa is impressive. He is probably the tallest Malagasy the children might ever see in their lives.

If you are in a position to decide about your end-of-the-year donation, we hope you will think of our villages in Madagascar and Zahana. Thank you!

GlobalGiving offers options with just a few clicks:

And to sweeten the pie, if you set up a recurring donation to Zahana, the amount of your December donation will be doubled by GlobalGiving (up to $200), making your gift twice as big.

GlobalGiving has an end-of-the-year campaign for 2014. To get one of the cash prizes, Zahana needs to raise at least $1,000 from 30 different donors. So if you would like to support e.g. our reforestation efforts you can do this with a few clicks and help us get closer to our additional monies goal.

Looking for a gift in honor of somebody? Why not consider a gift in her or his name (with an e-card or physical card sent to the lucky recipient by GlobalGiving)

Or you may just click on the button “give now” below.

Thank you!

Christmas tree in Fiarenana school
Christmas tree in Fiarenana school
Angels in a school play
Angels in a school play
Santa bearing gifts for the children
Santa bearing gifts for the children
Santa and Jean our gardener in the school
Santa and Jean our gardener in the school
Santa with his gifts
Santa with his gifts
Dec 24, 2014

Santa just stopped by in rural Madagascar

Santa playing the drums to get attention
Santa playing the drums to get attention

Since 2007 Santa has started his worldwide tour by visiting our schools in rural Madagascar. This year again his long-awaited visit was celebrated on December 20. You can see the excitement of the children (and parents), while they are lining up to receive their Santa gifts.

We wanted to share the pictures that arrived this morning via email with you. There should be more to come, but the reality in Madagascar can be challenging as this email from Monday, Dec. 22 illustrates: “the rain was so heavy yesterday cutting the power to all our devices, so I couldn't upload some new photos from Santa’s visit. I'll try to send some photos from my office tomorrow, if possible.”

Happy Holidays!

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

PS: We updated our project page on GlobalGiving to reflect the changes since we first started trying to build a school.

And yes, it is the season again: If you are in a position to decide about your end-of-the-year giving, we hope you will think of our villages in Madagascar and donate to Zahana. Thank you!

GlobalGiving offers options with just a few clicks:

Looking for a gift in honor of somebody? Why not consider a gift in her or his name (with an e-card or physical card sent to the lucky recipient by GlobalGiving)

GlobalGiving has an end-of-the-year campaign for 2014. To get one of the cash prizes, Zahana needs to raise at least $1,000 from 30 different donors. So if you would like to support e.g. our reforestation efforts you can do this with a few clicks and help us get closer to our additional monies goal.

And to sweeten the pie, if you set up a recurring donation to Zahana, the amount of your December donation will be doubled by GlobalGiving (up to $200), making your gift twice as big.

Or you may just click on the button “give now” below.

Thank you!

Santa has gifts for people big and small
Santa has gifts for people big and small
Santa makes everybody laugh
Santa makes everybody laugh
Lining up to see Santa
Lining up to see Santa
Now it is the little ones
Now it is the little ones' turn
Dec 24, 2014

Breadfruit trees revisited

Breadfruit seedling at the nursery
Breadfruit seedling at the nursery

Last year in November’s Project report we talked about the idea of introducing breadfruit into our villages. We had been promised quite a few breadfruit seedlings by an excited visitor who comes from a breadfruit growing region of Madagascar.

Well, sometimes it turns out a bit differently. Zahana thinks breadfruit could greatly increase food security in our villages. So we visited a professional nursery instead and bought two young breadfruit trees that we gave to the care of Bary and Jean our two gardeners. In a few months we will know if the trees took, and if they indeed do grow well in our high plateau’s climate. If anybody can make breadfruit grow, it is our gardeners. If at least one breadfruit tree grows well, we will just buy a dozen or more at our next visit to the nursery.

And yes, it is the season again: If you are in a position to decide about your end-of-the-year giving, we hope you will think of our villages in Madagascar and donate to Zahana. Thank you!

GlobalGiving offers options with just a few clicks:

You may just click on the button “give now” below

Looking for a gift in honor of somebody? Why not consider a gift in her or his name (with an e-card or physical card sent to the lucky recipient by GlobalGiving)

GlobalGiving has an end-of-the-year campaign for 2014. To get one of the cash prizes, Zahana needs to raise at least $1,000 from 30 different donors. Only our reforestation project qulifies fior the challenge. You can do this with a few clicks and help us get closer to our additional monies goal.

And to sweeten the pie, if you set up a recurring donation to Zahana, the amount of your December donation will be doubled by GlobalGiving (up to $200), making your gift twice as big. (Recurring donation reforestation)

Thank you and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

PS: Since 2006 Santa has started his worldwide tour by visiting our schools in rural Madagascar. This year again his long-awaited visit was celebrated on December 20. You can see the excitement of the children (and parents), while they are lining up to receive their Santa gifts.

Breadfruit seedling on the way to the village
Breadfruit seedling on the way to the village
Santa at Zahana
Santa at Zahana's school
 
   

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